Curriculum Vitae : Robert S. Arns
Bob introduces himself as a “family lawyer.” Since 1975 he has had offices in San Francisco and has represented families who have lost their bread winner to a catastrophic or fatal injury. To Bob, “family lawyer” does not mean a lawyer who represents a husband or wife going though a divorce. Rather, a “family lawyer” is a lawyer who has the grave responsibility of regaining the family dignity that existed before the tragedy and giving the family their economic freedom.
For the last 38 years, Bob has prosecuted personal injury and class action cases. His practice has ranged from cases involving banking issues, online rights of privacy, employment cases, various consumer goods and services, skilled nursing care, and various other fields. Bob is inspired and gratified by representing all his client, from construction workers, to classes of consumers, to top executives at Fortune 100 corporations.
In 2003, Bob fulfilled a dream when he purchased the building at 515 Folsom Street in San Francisco and opened a new space, designed solely for the efficient representation of those in grave need of legal help. The Arns Law Firm physical plant is built to mock try cases to jury panels, which are videotaped and viewable through a one way mirror.
As a trial lawyer Bob is most fulfilled by being surrounded by his incredible clients who represent the highest work ethic in our country and who make up impressive families. Further, Bob is always amazed at the commitment of the legal assistants and lawyers in his office. Every lawyer in Bob’s office has obtained numerous seven figure and eight figure verdicts and has the heart to fight relentlessly for families in need. Bob’s dream – his experiment – in forming The Arns Law Firm is now being fulfilled beyond his expectations.
Since 1975 has only represented plaintiffs in class actions and injury and death cases throughout the country as an attorney in San Francisco
Resolved over 400 million and multi-million dollar cases by trial and settlement and tried over 60 cases
Numerous largest verdicts and settlements in many counties and areas of plaintiff law
Founded The Arns Law Firm in San Francisco in December 1996
San Francisco Trial Lawyer of the Year 2004 for San Francisco, finalist numerous times
Finalist for CAOC (Consumer Attorneys of California) Trial Lawyer of the Year numerous times, CAOC is the largest plaintiffs’ trial bar of any state
Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law teaching trial practice to 3rd year law students for 15 years
Professor of the Year 2011
University of San Francisco School of Law Alumni of the Year 2009
2005 Selected by the State Bar of California to present the inaugural “Superstars of Trial” presentation to practicing (only one plaintiff lawyer and one defense lawyer chosen to present program)
Through peer review elected one of the “Top 100” Super Lawyers in Northern California– this includes lawyers practicing in all specialties
Argued numerous appeals in fsront of the California Supreme Court, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and California Appellate Courts
Included in The Best Lawyers in America © which is regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States
Author of The Rutter Group legal treatises The California Evidence Wheel©, The California Trial Wheel© The Federal Evidence Wheel©, and The Federal Trial Wheel© published by West/Thompson Reuters
Presenter of ABOTA Masters of Trial on numerous occasions in different venues in California including in 2011 and 2012 – This Masters of Trial is billed as the best of the best lawyers
AV Rating Martindale-Hubbell -- means highest ability and highest ethics
Frequent lecturer addressing legal topics involving tort law, trail practice, evidence, class actions, civility, and numerous legal topics (see speaking engagement below)Selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers in 2016
1967 Central Catholic High School Portland, Oregon
1971 Graduated with Highest Honors from U.C. Santa Barbara with BA in English Literature
1975 Graduated Cum Laude (top 10% of class) from University of San Francisco Law School, Managing Editor of the Law Review, Moot Court Champion
American Board of Trial Advocates
Chosen to participate in numerous Masters in Trial Presentation, billed as the “best of the best” trial lawyers
Consumer Attorneys of California
San Francisco Trial Lawyers